Recruiting Notebook: Notable Senior Flips Highlight Early October Movement

(Photo: Aidan Aitken/Instagram)

In exactly 29 days, recruits in the class of 2022 will be able to put pen to paper and officially sign their National Letter of Intent (NLI) with the school in which they will be playing college lacrosse. But as usual, the movement amongst seniors is still pretty plentiful.

Since the calendar turned to October, five seniors have flipped their commitments. That includes four over the past three days.

The Ivy League has been the beneficiary of two such moves as defenseman Trey Taylor (Taft, Conn.) flipped from Army West Point to Brown and IMG Academy (Fla.) midfielder Thomas Vandenberg flipped his commitment from UMass to Dartmouth. Both moves on Monday.

Taylor, a Tampa, Fla. native, is an excellent cover man who thrived as one of the most impactful poles for the Rhions this spring, helping to lead them to a GEICO High Lacrosse Nationals title. Rated as a four-star by Inside Lacrosse, Taylor is the 14th commitment in the Bears’ 2022 class and third on the defensive end of the field. Moreover, he is the second defenseman to flip to the Bears over the past month, along with George Wandoff (Oxbridge, Fla.) who flipped from Syracuse on September 30th.

A Park City, Utah native, Vandenberg is a big, downhill dodging midfielder who showcases a strong ability to shoot on the run. The midfielder joins a strong Dartmouth class that features three others at the position in Emmett Paradine (Christ School, N.C.), Cameron Brown (Landon, Md.), and Max Childs (Taft, Conn.). Vandenberg is the ninth overall commitment in the class.

Perhaps the biggest move among the ’22 class recently has been Salisbury (Conn.) midfielder Aidan Aitken flipping from Denver to Maryland. The South Florida native is one of the speediest dodgers in the class and has been making waves on the field since his freshman season at King’s Academy (Fla.) where he put up 68 points (54G/14A). Aitken is rated as four-star by Inside Lacrosse. He is the 12th commitment in the 2022 class for the Terrapins and third at the midfield position.

Jesuit Dallas (Texas) senior goalie Connor Knight has flipped from Stony Brook to Richmond. Named an All-State selection and the THSLL Tournament MVP, Knight made 109 saves with a .630 save percentage this past spring while helping to lead the Rangers to a Texas state title.

Robert Morris has suffered their second decomitment since head coach Andrew McMinn left for Utah back in late August, as Islip (N.Y.) LSM Thomas Andria flipped to Quinnipiac on October 5th. In late September, Columbus Academy (Ohio) senior attackman Zach White chose to follow McMinn out west, flipping to the Utes from the Colonials.

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